Instead of using bulky bandages for burn victims, doctors can spray a new super-thin healing fiber that mimics the structure of human skin to promote faster healing.
By Yakir Benzion, United With Israel
Israeli startup Nanomedic Technologies has created a spray-on skin-like fiber that can be used on burn victims instead of bulky bandages.
Doctors can spray a new super thin protective layer of healing fiber that “bio-mimics” the structure human skin to promote better, faster and safer healing.
Their new Spincare System is based on electrospinning, which uses electricity to create nano-fibers from a special solution. The fibers are fired like a spider web onto the patient’s skin to cover burns or other wounds with a protective layer that behaves like skin.
The material is applied to the wounds without touching the patient, reducing the chances of infection and doing away with traditional bandages that have to be painfully changed regularly. The sprayed on “skin substitute” has properties that promote healing and also allow doctors to see wounds and easily monitor how they are healing.
“Nanomedic’s pioneering Spincare solution has the potential to dramatically change the process of wound care treatment as we know it,” said Dr. John Harper, PhD, a globally renowned expert in extracellular matrix biochemistry who is a member of the Nanomedic board of directors.
Founded only two years ago, Nanomedic is headquartered in Lod, just south of Ben Gurion International Airport and the machines have already been successfully used to treat patients in Israel and Europe.
Dr. Baljit Dheansa, a burn specialist at Queen Victoria hospital in Sussex, told The Guardian Newspaper the product is designed to treat light burns and is excellent.
Spincare “does what it says,” said Dheansa, adding the hospital agreed to buy the liquid to generate the nanoskin and he hopes to produce research on its effectiveness.
The company says Spincare covers any wound with a skin-like layer that is easy and quick to apply even in hard-to-dress areas, adheres to all body surfaces and is permeable and breathable. Unlike regular bandages, the skin-like covering does not have to be changed and when the patient has healed enough, it simply peels off.
According to Nanomedic, Spincare improves quality of life by promoting healing, with a significant reduction in pain, the ability to shower and no need for bulky bandages that limit movement.
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